God’s Own Country- Kerala

Located in the south-west region of India, Kerala is a place simply to sit back and enjoy. The name Kerala means land of coconuts and it is also a prominent spice exporter. It seems to be a charming paradise for the tourists. Kerala state is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world having an increment in the tourist in-flow every year. It is considered as one of the ‘ten paradises of the world’ and ‘one of the 100 great trips of 21st century’. It even overtook Taj Mahal and became one of the best-traveled destinations in India. Tourists here are respected by all as tourism was declared as an industry in Kerala and it was the first state in India to do so. The government looks forward to this industry by organizing various projects like Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The state’s tourism industry was proved to be a better source of income for the state as well as local people by providing employment to many unemployed people. Coconuts, tea, coffee, spies and cashew are the specialties of Kerala. Kerala is known for ecotourism, mountaineering, trekking, and bird watching programs especially in Western Ghats. The intricate coconut groves, the

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The all in one state of Goa

Goa, the smallest state in India, is a famous tourist destination. People from all over the country and abroad come to enjoy the beauty of Goa. It is famous for its lush greenery, Portuguese Architecture, and various bars, restaurants and casinos. Goa is a popular weekend gateway among those who reside in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The most popular casino in Goa is the Casino Royale Goa, which opened in 2005, and it held the World Gaming festival from September 23 to 26, 2011, which is said to be the biggest gaming festival India has ever had. The Basilica of Bom Jesus also known as the Borea Jezuchi Bajilika, is certified by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Built in 1605, it is stands as one of the best examples of Baroque Architecture in India. The Basilica holds the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier. If you are fond of birds you can go to the Salim Ali Sanctuary. Expanding over more than four hundred acres it is the house of many beautiful birds, which are just a delight to watch. The ‘Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina’, also known as Se Cathedral, is a world famous tourist destination in India.

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Vijayawada – the place of victory

Vijayawada, the ‘Place of Victory’ is the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh, a major cultural center and an amazing tourist destination. Situated on the banks of the River Krishna, it happens to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. This is a city renowned for its people, buildings and shrines. The Indrakeeladri Hills houses one of the most important temples of the South, The Durga Temple. The old but beautiful St. Mary’s Church has many ancient relics and beautiful gifts. The famous Hazratbal Mosque of Vijayawada contains and displays a relic of Prophet Mohammed once a year. A must visit place in Vijayawada is the Prakasam Barrage. Stretching more than a thousand meters over the River Krishna, if offers a spectacular and photogenic view of the river. It was originally built in 1855 and was reconstructed in 1957 by the Government. The Rajiv Gandhi Park at the entrance of Vijayawada welcomes the city’s visitors with its impressive horticulture and lush greenery. It is a huge park complete with a mini zoo. The Victoria Museum is a place not to miss when visiting this incredible city. It is more than a hundred years old, with several

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Temples of South India

South India is well known for its temples and South Indian tourism mainly comprises of temples. South India is often referred to as the land of temples, due to its numerous temples. Today I am going to tell you about some of the famous temples of south India and they are as follows: ·        Padmanabha swamy temple The Padmanabha swamy temple located in Trivandrum, Kerala, happens to the richest temple in the whole world. I am sure you might have heard of the amount of gold in the treasury of the temple as it had been in the news lately. Apart from being the richest temple, it also happens to the most famous and most visited temple in the whole of India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the Anantha posture or the sleeping posture of Lord Vishnu on the serpent Anantha. The Padmatheertha Kulam (The temple tank) is the place where devotees take a dip before entering the inner sanctum of the Lord. The seven storeyed Gopuram located at the east entrance of the temple is an architectural marvel. The Kulasekhara Mandapam, which is known for its architecture, is supported by 28 pillars, each showcasing

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The Serenity of South India

India is diverse, India is Dynamic, India is crazy, India is colorful, India is blissful, India is loud, and India is Incredible. And when you multiply all these things with some sophistication and sweetness, you get South India. Normally people are more exciting about visiting north India because famous cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Shimla, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Hrishikesh, Manali, and many more. But not just north India but the whole of India is worth visiting.   South India tour is now very popular due to the continuous efforts by the government taken to enhance tourism. Every city, every place, every street, lane, monument, statue has a unique story behind it, that’s India. In India you just don’t visit a place you start living that new world and fall in love with it. India’s diversity is something commendable because every place has different cultures, different customs and traditions and even the mythological tales take a new twist with the change in place. To experience this shift and diversity you should make a tour to north as well as south India. South India is most commonly resembled and recognized by its food and dressing style all over India. There are four states in

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Palani – The village of temples

Roughly seven million devotees rush every year to see the temples in Palani, the village brimming with several noteworthy temples. Located atop the Sivagiri hill better known as Palani hill, it is home to one of the most popular temples of Karthikeya, a celebrated Hindu God particularly popular in Southern India. This is the source of the name Palani derived from the Tamil words “pazham” meaning fruit and “nee” meaning you, reflecting back on the popular legend. The Palani Murugan temple is home to some of the most beautiful Dravidian architecture in the country and is visted by devotees from all over the country. Every popular deity in South India, you name it and Palani has a temple dedicated to that respective deity. Be it Ganapati, Parvati or Subrahmanyan, Palani has a special temple for every one of them. Though it has a relatively scarce population, the pilgrims and tourists ensure that the village remains busy as a bee throughout the year. A very impressive fact about Palani is that according to the 2011 Census, Palani has a ratio of 1, 023 women per 1000 men as opposed to the national average of a much lower 929, which makes it

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Kerala, Gods own country

The states of Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, constitute south India. South India is famous for many things, its temples, its cuisine, its backwaters, its Ayurveda, its beaches, its hill stations, its culture, its tradition, etc. South India houses many wonders, wonders that will astound you, which will blow you out of your mind and make your vacation worthwhile. One such wonder of south India is Kerala, the God’s own country. The God’s own country is indeed blessed by god as it holds many wonders. Kerala happens to one of the most visited tourist destination in India. Even foreigners visit Kerala as the beauty of Kerala is unparalleled, unmatched, unequaled, unique, unchallenged, supreme,…. Kerala is well known for many things, it is known for its backwaters, temples, beaches, hill stations culture, tradition, houseboats, cuisine, literacy, awesomeness, peace, wildlife, etc. Kerala is every traveller’s paradise as well as every honeymooner’s paradise too. Kerala is known worldwide for its backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala will transport you into an another world. One ought to experience the beauty of backwaters of Kerala, the very feeling of floating lazily on the backwaters while listening to the sounds of the nature and getting up in

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A holy visit to the South

South India is also called as the land of temples as majority of the temples of India is located in south India. Kerala is called is called as Gods own country as it has a lot of temples. There are many famous temples, which are located in south India, but today I will tell you about the most famous temple of south India and that is the Tirupati Balaji temple, located in Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The Tirupati Balaji temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara i.e. Lord Vishnu. Tirupati is the located on the foothills of the Tirumala Hills. The Tirumala range comprises of seven peaks and situated on the seventh peak is the abode of Lord Vishnu himself. The seven peaks are said to represent the seven head of the Adhisesha, the snake bed of lord Vishnu. The names of the seven peaks are Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. It is said that one ought to visit the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, located in Tiruchanoor, at a distance of 5 kilometers from Tirupati before visiting the main shrine. It is often said that, one must pay their homage to Devi Padmavathi, the wife of lord

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My favorite places in South India

Hi, I hoped you liked my last blog post on ‘my favorite destinations in south India’. I covered Munnar, Kochi and Thanjavur, yesterday and today I am going to tell you about some more of my favorite destinations in south India. My fourth favorite destination in south happens to be Tirupati (Yes I know I told you I am not a big fan of religious places but as I go to Tirupati almost every year, I think I have grown to like it). I am sure all of you might have heard of Tirupati as it happens to one of the most famous temple in the whole of India. Tirupati, situated in the Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh, is renowned for Venkateswara Swamy temple devoted to Lord Venkateswara i.e. Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated in the Tirumala Hills. Tirupati is divided into two parts the “kera Tirupati” (lower Tirupati) and “mela Tirupati” (upper Tirupati or the Tirumala hills). One can catch a bus to go to Tirumala or one can walk the seven hills to reach the main shrine. The TTD (Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam) has built roads and shelters for those devotees who prefer to walk the seven hills.

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My favorite destinations in South India

As a south Indian, I have always celebrated most of my holidays in south India. Every time the summer vacations used to approach, I knew where we would go and after all, it happens to be my hometown (not technically though). Well people might think I used to have a great time there but I was always bored of going to south and having religious parents didn’t help either. They always wanted to go to some or the other temple and let me tell you I am not a very religious person, so of course you can imagine my distress! Well but there were some moments spent in the south which were very memorable and today I am going to share with you some of my most memorable ‘south Indian travel’ moments. So let me start with Munnar, which happens to be my most favorite destination in south India. Munnar, located on the Kannan Devan hills, happens to one of the most beautiful tea gardens of Kerala. Munnar is very famous for its chilly weather, tea and chocolate. You might wonder why I said chocolate, but let me tell you many of the shops of Munnar sell amazing homemade chocolates,

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